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Councilmember Kshama Sawant to visit 34th District Democrats for minimum-wage discussion Wednesday

The City Council approved it, the mayor signed it, but the minimum-wage-raising plan isn’t a done deal yet, with counterproposals aiming at the ballot and at least one opponent aiming for court. It’s the big topic at this Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the 34th District Democrats, with Councilmember Kshama Sawant among the guests. Also on the agenda, another big issue: Gun laws, and whether to endorse the background-check ballot measure, Initiative 594. See the rest of the agenda here; all are welcome at the meeting (though only members can vote), 7 pm Wednesday (June 11th), The Hall at Fauntleroy.

Another West Seattle Emmy winner: 2 for Brian Callanan

After mentioning the Emmy Award won by “Diver Laura” James, we learned another West Seattleite was a winner at Saturday night’s Northwest Emmys event: Double congratulations go to two-Emmy-winner Brian Callanan from Seattle Channel, one for his program-hosting work there, one for Interactivity as part of the team for a SC show about the income-inequality issue (in which he says participants included Jack Miller from Husky Deli). The full list of Saturday night’s winners is here.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2014 music lineup announced

Just announced, with one month (plus two days) to go – the West Seattle Summer Fest 2014 music lineup! Here’s the full news release:

Mid-July in The Junction can only mean one thing — it’s time to close the streets for a weekend-long celebration that puts all other Seattle neighborhood parties to shame. West Seattle Summer Fest is pleased to announce The Helio Sequence and The Moondoggies as the headlining musical performances for this year’s festival, taking place Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13 at the junction of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street.

Now in its 32nd year, the sidewalk-sale-turned-family-friendly-fest features a diverse musical lineup booked by Cellar Door Management (Shadowland’s Ben Jenkins and Troy Nelson from The Young Evils/KEXP).

In addition to The Helio Sequence and The Moondoggies, this year’s performers include local veterans Carrie Akre and Stag, hearth music combo Squirrel Butter, the mid-century instrumental pop of Rat City Brass, and hard-hitting rock and rollers Hobosexual, Dude York and the Spinning Whips, and the other-worldly synth sounds of Vox Mod.


1:00 PM – Squirrel Butter

2:00 PM – Rat City Brass

3:00 PM – Sweet Jesus

4:00 PM – Killer Ghost

5:00 PM – Magic Mirrors

6:00 PM – Country Lips

7:00 PM – Hobosexual

8:00 PM – Yada Yada Blues Band


12:00 PM – Two Story Zori

1:00 PM – Sundae + Mr. Goessel

2:00 PM – Fysah and the Soul Acoustic

3:00 PM – Vaudeville Etiquette

4:00 PM – Charms

5:00 PM – The Fabulous Downey Brothers

6:00 PM – Spinning Whips

7:00 PM – Dude York

7:40 PM – Vox Mod

8:00 PM – The Moondoggies

9:00 PM – Vox Mod

9:30 PM – The Helio Sequence


2:00 PM – Carrie Akre

3:00 PM – Stag

4:00 PM – The Darci Carlson Band

5:00 PM – The Foghorns

6:00 PM – Billy Dwayne and the Creepers

Summer Fest is presented by the West Seattle Junction Association. WSB is proud to be among the co-sponsors again this year.

West Seattle restaurants: A Terrible Beauty has closed in The Junction

After three years, the Irish pub/restaurant mini-chain A Terrible Beauty has closed its West Seattle location at California/Edmunds. When it opened in spring 2011, it was the second location, following the original A Terrible Beauty in Renton; it was later followed by a Lake Union ATB, and its owners recently announced they are adding a new brand in the same Lake Union building, The Big Country Lakeside Saloon and Kitchen. ATB’s website no longer mentions the West Seattle location, and the WS Facebook page appears to have been deleted; when we looked at it over the weekend, checking out the first reader tip that closure was looming, we noted a mention that ATB-WS had recently cut back on weekday hours, saying that nearby construction was affecting business. The closure was confirmed by someone who came to the door at the shuttered restaurant a short time ago, though he declined further comment.

ATB lasted longer in the corner space than its predecessors Table 35 (10 months) and Ama Ama (21 months). What’s next? We’ll be working to find out.

Greenbridge Café: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, Greenbridge Café, now open for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week. New sponsors get the chance to tell you about themselves, and here’s what the café would like you to know:

Greenbridge Café is owned and operated by Chef Blanca Rodriguez (formerly with the Nordstrom Cafés and current owner of Pimienta Bar & Grill in Federal Way.

Greenbridge Café is a neighborhood gem using fresh, local ingredients for its delicious selection of gourmet sandwiches and soups. They have a wonderful assortment of hot foods, fresh-baked goods, and coffee or tea for breakfast. Lunches include an assortment of fresh gourmet sandwiches on assorted rustic, artisan breads and soups all made with local Northwest ingredients. (See the menu by going here.)

The Greenbridge Café philosophy is to support the community by providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for our customers. This is the perfect place to get out of the office for lunch with your peers or stop in for some delicious food and catch up with a good friend. Have a business meeting or celebration? Let us know and we’ll reserve seating for you.

Please stop by! We look forward to serving you! Current hours are 8 am-4 pm Mondays-Fridays and 10 am-4 pm Saturdays, at 9901 8th Avenue SW – 206-762-3447.

We thank Greenbridge Café for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Update: Police response in Highland Park starts with stolen-car crash

2:09 PM: If you’re noticing a heavy police presence in Highland Park right now, here’s what’s going on (per scanner, though we have a crew arriving in the area): A car reported as stolen crashed through a fence on 11th SW; at least one person ran from the car and was caught by a citizen on 12th SW. Some confusion over the latter location ensued, briefly, but has been resolved.

2:31 PM UPDATE: Adding photo of the crashed car – which, from the plate and appearance, is this one tweeted by SPD just this morning:

(No word so far whether it was stolen in WS or elsewhere.)

The suspect was taken to the Southwest Precinct.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Street robbery; car, mower thefts; Junction followup…

We start this round of West Seattle Crime Watch reports with details on a daytime strong-arm robbery last Thursday in the 5200 block of Jacobsen (map). uphill from Beach Drive. Ashley writes:

I have been out of town and while I was gone my housesitter and best friend was walking up Jacobsen and was assaulted.

It was Thursday at 4:30 pm and there were plenty of people around. The car drove by her, and she noticed the girls looking at her. Then they pulled over (which she didn’t notice because she had headphones in). Then one of them grabbed her hand that her phone was in and stole her phone while another one pulled her back by her hair. She tried to fight for her phone and in the struggle she was pretty scratched up.

Then the girls drove away quickly and a few people that were nearby helped my friend by letting her use their phone to call the police, and walking her home.

Ashley says her friend described the car as a tan mid-’90s Pathfinder and got its plate number (starting with AHN). We are checking with police to see if that led them to any suspects.

Ahead: Quick notes on two car thefts, two cases involving lawn mowers, and what we have learned about a weekend Junction incident that several people asked about:

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West Seattle development: New details of Junction memory-care facility

Some site-clearing work is under way today at 4515 41st SW, the official address of three lots proposed for a memory-care facility (last updated here in November), and that led us to check the online files for new information. Indeed, new details are available: The project team, led by Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, has told the city that they’re planning a four-story building with 48 units for 66 residents and 15 underground parking spaces, to be accessible from 41st SW, since the alley to the east is 20 feet higher than the street. The city has told them that the project will require Design Review (no meeting on the schedule yet) and will have to follow the West Seattle design guidelines put into place by the city last December. It’s in a “lowrise” zone but won’t be affected by the future “lowrise code corrections,” which haven’t been finalized yet. Living Care Lifestyles‘ sign is still up at the site, though its website doesn’t mention this project yet.

Show off your dog(s)! ‘Bark of Morgan’ back at this summer’s Morgan Junction Community Festival

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Want the West Seattle world to see your dynamic dog, majestic mutt, precious pooch, clever canine (we could go one) … ? The Morgan Junction Community Festival (co-sponsored by WSB) on June 21st is the place – because the “Bark of Morgan” dog show and parade is back:

The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) is pleased to announce the return of the “Bark of Morgan” Dog Show at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, set for June 21, 2014.

Leashed dogs and their humans are invited to join in the Pooch Parade and enter up to two of the Dog Contests.

Pooch Parade: To participate in the Pooch Parade, dogs with their humans must line up in the Morgan Junction Park (located at the corner of California Ave SW and SW Eddy Street) by 2:00 pm. We’ll parade through the Morgan Junction Community Festival grounds to the Beveridge Place Pub Main Stage. Costumes are optional.

Dog Contests: At the end of the parade, dog contests will begin at the Beveridge Place Pub Main Stage. Starting at 2:30 pm, the “Bark of Morgan” Master of Ceremonies will announce each contest, and will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners based on audience applause. The contests are:

1) Best Voice – Does your dog have that special howl, bark or musical number? Then we want to hear it.
2) Best Dog/Human Look-Alike – Do you and your pooch look similar? Do you dress alike? Well??
3) Smallest Dog – Can your dog fit inside a purse? You may have this contest in the bag!
4) Best Dog Trick – Before you and your dog head off to ‘ America ’s Got Talent,’ here’s the chance to show off your tricks….

The festival is happening in and around Morgan Junction Park on Saturday, June 21st – see the schedule here, and if you can spare some volunteer time, that info is here.

West Seattle Monday: Winging our way into the week

(Osprey and snack/meal, photographed by Chris Frankovich; click image to see larger view)
Happy Monday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

OUTDOOR-MEETING SEASON OPENER: The North Delridge Neighborhood Council started having its summertime meetings outdoors a few years ago, and that’s why you’ll find NDNC at Cottage Grove Park tonight at 6:30, as previewed here. (26th/Brandon)

GOT FOOD? West Seattle Food Bank has a request (via Facebook):

We’re really getting low on canned goods for our Home Delivery Program. We deliver 170 grocery bags weekly to homebound elderly and disabled. If you wish to donate canned food (tuna, soups, canned fruit & vegetables, beans, etc.) please drop off at the food bank, Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm.


EVENING BOOK GROUPS: Two monthly book groups – no previous membership needed! – meet at local libraries tonight at 6:45 pm – at Southwest Branch Library, “The Condition” is this month’s book, group info here; at West Seattle Branch Library, “A Gate at the Stairs” is this month’s book, group info here.

ST. PETERSBURG MEN’S ENSEMBLE: From Russia, with music! This highly regarded group is performing sacred and traditional vocal music at 7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood; free-will offering. (39th/Thistle)

NIGHTLIFE! Tonight’s highlights include trivia/pub quiz at multiple locations – see the listings on our calendar.

Congratulations! West Seattle HS, Chief Sealth IHS soccer players with all-conference honors

Big week for soccer, as the World Cup starts Thursday. For local high-school-soccer athletes, the season has ended, but there’s a postscript: Congratulations to the local high-school-soccer players who made the Metro all-conference list this year! The Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School athletes on the list are:

All-Metro Sound Division


M Devin Offord, Sr., Chief Sealth
M Yael Pina, Jr., Chief Sealth
D Lorenzo Waller, Jr., Chief Sealth
GK Sam Orlin, Jr., Chief Sealth


F Justin Alvarez, Jr., Chief Sealth
F Alazar Gilay, Sr., West Seattle
M Max Sadow, Jr., West Seattle
D Joseph Wally, So., Chief Sealth
D Brian McMonigle, So., West Seattle
D Cole Nofsinger, So., West Seattle
D Riley Germundson, So., Chief Sealth
GK Akil Kasin, Fr., West Seattle.


Chief Sealth — Daniel Herrera, Carlos Cardoza
West Seattle — Logan Schiller, Conner Elder, Thomas Mensing, Carter Mensing, Johnston Means

(Thanks to Tim McMonigle for sharing the list – see the full conference list on

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates, notes

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No problems reported so far, but there’s some rain around the region slowing traffic a bit.

NOTES: Remember that Metro’s June “service change” took effect on Saturday, and that brought some afternoon changes to Route 21. Also re: Metro, today the County Council takes up potential changes to the service-cuts plan, as explained in this Seattle Times (WSB partner) report. … If you drive Highway 99, you’ll notice the southbound lanes’ new configuration south of the elevated section, the result of this past weekend’s closure; a northbound closure is scheduled for the weekend after next. And if you have questions about 99 or other state projects, come to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10th, 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center) to hear from state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

9:18 AM: If you’re a late-morning commuter and use northbound I-5, emergency crews have been handling a crash in the Ship Canal Bridge/45th vicinity for about 20 minutes now, and it’s closed a couple lanes.